Wool Grass-10 Plants

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Bloom Season
Spring,
Color
Green,
Height At Maturity
Under 10 Feet
Categories
Native Grasses
Zone
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
grow-zone
Planting Zones 4-9
Ships
Year Round
Exposure
Full Sun,
Usage
Ponds and Water Gardens,
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We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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Ships Year Round

Description

Wool Grass is a densely-tufted, clump-forming perennial.

It forms large stands of plants. One variety, _____, has stood with minimal shrub foliage. Scirpus is common in wet, sandy soils that don't dry out in summer heat and include many species of wetland plants, some of which have flowers that resemble Scirpus (such as the Sweet Cleft Rock Rose), but which belong to other plants. Many bees and hummingbirds use these plants for nesting. Because they also form dense stands, they are suitable for sheltering small fish from predators and other dangers.

 This thick, grasslike plant has triangular stems with spiky, jointed joints. One too many medium green umbels top each leafless branchlet with short spikelets at the top; the absence of inflorescence can distinguish true grasses. The leaves are woolly when they first appear in spring; the stalks are covered with coarse bristles that brown as they dry out. Because wool grass responds to fire by blooming and dropping to ground level, it can be a seed source for new plants growing from cuttings or seeds dropped on the ground after fire suppression. It often grows in full sun and develops dense stands, especially under mature trees, oak forests, or coniferous forests. As succession occurs, it may become a dominant species. Woolly grass provides food for waterfowl in places where these birds congregate to feed.

The stem is highly branched, and the long leaflike bracts hold the seed heads. The attractive green grass has attractive brown woolly bristle-like "spikelets" at the top. As the flowering stems grow by forming new growth from the old stems, they may send out many fine roots; each spikelet stands out clearly against the whorled bracts. Dark blue to black fruits develop in seedy nutlets at the base of each spikelet; these "nuts" are dispersed by wind or water and remain in place when the mature spikes die back.

Wool Grass impresses with its excellent texture and charm.

These stateside species are planted in waterways, lakes, and ponds to attract migrating shorebirds, muskrat, beaver, and waterfowl.

A dense tuft of woolly, grasslike foliage is often a beautiful addition to a damp habitat. This perennial plant fills in quickly at the bottom of marshes, accumulating sediment. Its fibers are a pollen-bedding host for the moth Glaphyripedes sp., which provides an important food source for Least Tussock Moth (Epirrita dilutata). This tiny insect bores into the woolgrass, tunnels in and out, then drags off bits of the plant's leaves and seeds.

 It is well suited to the wetter areas of your garden; in summer, you can use the luscious foliage as an ornamental groundcover. In winter, it adds great texture and interest to the landscape. Although it grows in fast-draining soil, this hardy perennial thrives in cold climates: experienced growers have even successfully planted it along curb lines for street planting!

Wool Grass, Scirpus holoschoenus, is a native of vernal pools and wet meadows.

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